Totesport Review

totesportIf you’re on the look for a site with plenty of betting opportunities whatever the time of the day, then you have to visit Totesport. With some great offers too this is most definitely a site that you need to be bookmarking.

Totesport have a long history, originally set up as the Tote in the 1930’s as a government run horse racing betting company, the company is now owned by Betfred.  They are one of the best places to bet on horse racing and the only place you should bet if you like Tote and Totepool wagers – although they do have all the normal fixed odds bets on all major sports too.

Welcome Offer – £25 Risk Free Bet

This will come as a bit of a relief to you, the signing up process at Totesport isn’t at all difficult. It’ll be over before you know it, in fact the hardest part is probably deciding on a witty username, never an easy task. Once that’s all behind you it’s time to get your hands on the welcome offer at Totesport.

The bonus you get all depends on your first qualifying bet. The wager has to be between at least £1 and a maximum of £25. The bet can be placed on a selection at any odds (usually there’s a restriction) and if it turns out to be a loser then the amount you staked is refunded as a free bet.

That free bet is only valid for seven days and the free bet stake isn’t included in any return. Therefore, if your free bet is £20 and you use it on a selection that’s 2/1, if it wins then you’ll just get £40 back.

It’s a shame that the welcome offer is dependent on a losing bet. Probably an idea then to use that first bet on a selection with decent odds. If it wins then well done and if not, then the stake is on its way back to you.

Terms & Conditions Apply. New Customers (18+) Only.

Markets and Odds

If you’re going to be betting on a site then it’s important there’s a wide variety of events for you to place bets on. That’s most definitely the case here.  Totesport is not just about totepool betting and horse racing, all the sports you’ll be really keen to be placing bets on are here and there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Working out where to begin is probably going to be your hardest task. You may well have a good idea what you want to bet on when you log in but with everything that’s on offer you might just change your mind.

There’s worldwide coverage here at Totesport. No longer can you just bet on the top games in England, Europe and the USA. At Totesport there’s the chance to bet on games that are taking place all over the world and at all times of the day and night.

It’s not just a case of betting on the main leagues, there’s the opportunity to place bets on youth and reserve fixtures particularly in football. If there’s a ball and the referee blows his whistle to start the match, then you’ll have a chance to lay a bet on the game.

Horse racing fans are able to try their luck on all the races in the UK and Ireland. In addition, there’s lots of international racing to keep you busy in the evening, particularly from America. The Stateside action continues with plenty of basketball, American Football, Baseball and Ice-Hockey matches to try and get winners on.

The odds available to you on the site are very competitive. Keep an eye out for the special offers including the Super Bonus Races, more about those later.

As well as all the major sporting events, there’s plenty of other bets that might not have been the number one target when logging on. As long as they get you a profit it doesn’t really matter how silly or off the wall they may be.

Bets that might not be the first to come into your head include:

  • Who’ll win the 2017 French Presidential Election?
  • Who will win the Indonesian Badminton Masters?

Players should always be on the look-out for some great odds. There are plenty of those on this site but it’s the ante-post betting opportunities that can really aid you. Take a good look through those odds and take the chance of your selection. If you think Neil Robertson might win the UK Open, then get the bet on now and it could be much better than his odds come the time the tournament starts.

Live Betting

It used to be so frustrating in the past you know. You’d put a bet on a game and it was just a case of waiting for the result to come through and hopefully have some winnings to collect. Not a thing could be done during the match itself but it’s a totally different story now.

Live betting is so full of excitement because you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. The odds fluctuate all the time, with tennis they can be changing after every point that is played. That gives you the opportunity to keep on betting on a game. You can be trying to squeeze even more profit out of a game or trying to rescue the situation because your initial selection isn’t doing as well as you thought. That’s something you definitely couldn’t do in the past.

You get the chance to do that at all times of the day simply because of the world-wide coverage available on the site. Football games of all levels is included with action from all the top leagues on several continents. Tennis games aren’t restricted to the main ATP and WTA tours but the tournaments the lower ranked players take part in. That means chances aplenty to put bets on and get some winnings. The same goes for sports in the USA and horse racing both at home and in the USA.

Live Streaming

Live betting really can get the heart beating a bit faster but being able to see what you’re betting on is even more exciting. There’s not much here though which is a big disappointment and something they need to work on.

You can still follow the action live via the radio commentary that is available on the site. This includes horse racing, greyhound racing, football and cricket. You can also get the latest sport news and a results service.

Promotions

Goalscorer Bonuses

Getting the first goalscorer is always welcome and can come at decent odds too. At Totesport the odds could get even better if that player goes on to score more goals.

If the player scores again the odds will be doubled and trebled if they go onto score a hat-trick. This bet also applies to other sports such as rugby league, rugby union and American Football.

Best Odds Guaranteed

Taking a price is always a bit of a gamble. You might think that getting 4/1 on the favourite is a job well done as by the time the races begin it could have drifted in to 3/1. Then you watch the odds drift to 11/2 and it still goes and wins. All a bit frustrating but at Totesport they will pay you out at the Starting Price (SP).

The offer also applies to greyhound racing but only for races shown on Sky Sports.

2nd to the SP Favourite

Seeing your tip come second to the favourite is always a bit frustrating isn’t it? Well at Totesport there are selected races that offer you up to £25 back as a free bet if your selection is beaten by the favourite.

Super Bonus Races

Each day there are six listed Super Bonus Races on the site. If you use those races to put on a Lucky 15/31/63, Yankee, Canadian or Heinz then you’re in line for a bonus if the bet is a winner.

It’s 15% for a Lucky 15, 50% for a Lucky 31 and 100% for an all-correct Lucky 63.

Banking

Banking at Totesport isn’t going to cause you any problems. There’s a good range of payment methods available including Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, PayPal, NETELLER and Skrill. If you do have any questions there’s a page dedicated to the subject of banking.

Simply click on the Help button (which could be in larger font to be honest) and then select ‘General’ to access a page full of helpful information about deposits and withdrawals.

Desktop Site

I really like the design of this site. A dark look which reminds me a bit of Betway but everything is presented very clearly so no problems reading anything. On the left hand side of the main sports page are several sections that will make it very easy to find the section you want to access. This includes Racing Highlights, Betting Highlights and then a list of all the sports the site has.

As soon as you log onto the Sports page you’ll see a list of sports and just by clicking on them you’ll suddenly see a list of current and below that upcoming games. Navigation isn’t difficult on this site which is always appreciated.

Mobile Site

Totesport have a highly impressive mobile site full of the features that make the main site so popular. All the information you need is available particularly if you’re a horse racing fan.

The mobile site is packed with Racing Post data so you’ll always be up to date with the current form for the next race. Placing a bet happens swiftly too if you activate the Quickbet facility.

About Totesport

The Tote was established in 1927 by Winston Churchill and gave a percentage of their profits back to the horse racing industry. This saw the group opening outlets at racecourses up and down the country as well as betting shops when the laws were changed in the 1960’s.

As the years went by they didn’t just offer pool betting (Totepool) but fixed-odds bets too becoming Totesport. In 2011 the government decided to sell the Tote and Betfred bought the business.

The Totesport brand is operated under the Petfre licence in Gibraltar. Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited, trading as Totesport, is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

Help and Customer Support

That help button above the login one is a bit small but once you know where it is it can be very helpful. Just click on it and that takes you to a page full of useful information.

This includes all the information you need to know about banking, the different promotions available on the site, a betting glossary which is really useful. There’s also details about betting rules so just about everything is covered.

If you do still have a problem, then you can email or phone them or use the live chat facility to get your problem solved.

Contact

Customer Support: 0800 666 100

Email: customercare@totesport.com

Postal Address:  The Spectrum, 56-58 Benson Road, Birchwood, WA3 7PQ

Registered Address:  5/2 Waterport Place, Gibraltar.